by Pete McCole Dale Earnhardt, Jr. raced to his first Talladega victory since 2004 and punched his ticket into the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup in a commanding performance in Sunday's Geico 500. Earnhardt, Jr. led the final 27 laps and held off his teammate Jimmie Johnson for his first win of the season and 24th of his career. Paul Menard was third, followed by rookie Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex, Jr.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano won his third Xfinity Series race of the season in a thrilling last-lap four-way battle to the finish in Saturday's Winn-Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano took advantage of a final push by Elliott Sadler to stay ahead of the pack coming into the final turn and then held off a last-turn charge by Chris Buescher with a huge block on the high side to take home 24th-career series victory.
Hendrick engines power 4 of top 5 Jeff Gordon surged to the 80th Coors Light Pole Award of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in Saturday afternoon qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway. Gordon, in his final full season driving the Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet, notched a fast lap of 194.793 mph on the 2.66-mile track. The Coors Light Pole Award was also Gordon's third of the season and fourth at Talladega.
by Dave Grayson Okay, we had to wait quite a while, from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, to take in the anticipated action at the quarter mile, paper clip shaped, short track at Richmond. However, overall, it turned out to be worth the wait. Here's a few random observations regarding Sunday's Toyota Owner's 400 at the Richmond International Raceway.
by Pete McCole Kurt Busch put on a dominating performance to win Sundayâ€™s rain-delayed Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, snapping a 35-race winless streak and earning himself a berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Busch led 291 laps of the 400-lap distance, beating out his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick to collect his 26th-career Sprint Cup victory and his first since March 2014 at Martinsville.
Piloting his No. 22 Team Penske Ford After piloting his No. 22 Team Penske Ford at 127.071 mph around Richmond International Raceway, Joey Logano won his third Sprint Cup Coors Light Pole Award of the season. Logano is the defending winner of last year's spring race at the Virginia track, while teammate Brad Keselowski (who qualified seventh tonight) completed the Team Penske sweep last season with his fall win at the track. Denny Hamlin continued to show speed, as his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota whirled around the short track at 126.796 mph, which qualified him second.
by Stephen Cox I have good news and bad news. The good news is that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. The bad news is, of course, that a short track series is advertising free admission at their upcoming season opener. By all means, please go to the Super Cup Stock Car Series race at CNB Bank Raceway on May 2nd in Clearfield, Pennsylvania.
by Pete McCole Polesitter Matt Kenseth weathered the storm to win Sundayâ€™s nightâ€™s wild Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, snapping a 51-race winless drought for his first victory of the season. Kenseth took over the lead with 22 laps to go and held off a resurging Jimmie Johnson on a final green-white-checkered shootout to take the checkered flag more than nine hours after the race started.
by Pete McCole Joey Logano ran away with the win in Saturdayâ€™s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading wire to wire for his second series victory of the season. Logano started on the outside pole and powered past pole sitter Erik Jones on the opening lap and held the lead for the entire 300 lap distance, beating out rookie Daniel Suarez by just over a second to become the first driver to lead every lap in an Xfinity Series race since Kyle Busch led all 250 laps at Richmond last September.
NASCAR Sprint cup Matt Kenseth took the Coors Light Pole Award for Sunday's Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer. Kenseth used a speed of 128.632 mph in the last of the three rounds of group qualifying to secure his first pole of the 2015 season, second pole at Bristol Motor Speedway and the 14th of his career.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch remembers every moment about the crash back in February that has kept him on the sidelines since the start of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, and now after two months turning laps in a wheelchair, he says itching to get back to racing. For the first time since the crash, Busch met with the media during a press conference at the Joe Gibbs Racing shop in Huntersville, NC.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was the strongest it had been all night when it counted the most - at the end of Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. It was a battle between defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick and six-time champion Johnson for much of the season's first night race.
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